Down Among the Sticks and Bones : Wayward Children

  • by Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by Seanan McGuire
  • Series: Wayward Children
  • 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Seanan McGuire returns to her popular Wayward Children series with Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a truly stand-alone story suitable for adult and young adult listeners of urban fantasy, and the follow-up to the Alex Award-winning, Hugo and Nebula finalist, Tiptree Honor List Every Heart a Doorway.
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were 17 when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first....
Jacqueline was her mother's perfect daughter - polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it's because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.
Jillian was her father's perfect daughter - adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tomboy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can't be trusted. They were 12 when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.
This program is read by the author.

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Wait... that's it?

This is a prequel to the book Every Heart a Doorway, and it's possible that book "spoiled" this one for me. It's the back story of a character I liked a lot: Jack and her sister, Jill, so I expected to learn a great deal more about the pair, get richer, deeper look at their personalities and motivations. I also expected to see a fair bit of worldbuilding where the moor was concerned. Sadly, there wasn't really anything new at all. Maybe it's just that the first book was too well written.

This might be an okay book if you haven't read Doorway. And if you love Jack and can't get enough of her, well, she's in this one. But even her rather fascinating character is just barely sketched in, here. Jill is even more of a non-entity, and if you're hoping for some adventures on the mysterious moor... there are exactly none. As someone who had really looked forward to this book, I found it disappointing.
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- Meredith

A welcome return to the Every Heart universe

I really love Seanan McGuire and this particular universe.

This tells the story of Jack and Jill. Even though it is a prequel, I think you need to read Every Heart a Doorway first, otherwise there are too many spoilers.

I would like to know what happens AFTER Every Heart a Doorway as well.

While this is marketed as Young Adult cross-over, like the Velveteen series this is enjoyable as an adult read. While suitable for younger readers, it touches something more profound than the October Daye and Cryptid series (two of my favorites). Sharing these books with your 16 to 18 year-olds is a great idea!

I wanted to give this a higher rating, but it starts a little slow. Once it hits its stride, it makes up for it. Jack seems too forgiving. I can see her doing what she does, but I cannot believe she would not be more angry about it.

Seanan McGuire is pretty good as a narrator, but not as good as her usual readers. I am sure if she keeps doing it, she will be excellent. But I am not sure she will bother because Robinette Kowal (who is similar to Ms. McGuire) and Emily Bauer do such great narration for her books.

So a solid four-star book. Even though it feels like a four-and-one-half or five star book.

I hope there will be more!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio